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Michael Daly Tells the Story of Topsy

Monday, July 08, 2013

In 1903, on Coney Island, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted, and over the past century, this bizarre, ghoulish execution has reverberated through popular culture. But it really happened, and many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Thomas Edison, and those 6600 volts of alternating current together that day. Michael Daly tells the story of this astonishing tale in Topsy The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison.

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Michael Daly

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Comments [4]

Ghost of Topsy from Rockaway Beach

Much of this book is based on extremely shoddy research and is largely fallacious. Ask Michael Daly to show his sources... File under FICTION until he does so. The truth will be told, however.

Aug. 16 2013 12:12 AM
Steve

Brooke,

I love how you are doing today - your sensitive and intelligent handling of your guests perhaps nearly rivals Leonard's (and Brian's:), which to me is quite high praise. I thought your little missteps were charmingly handled, which made the show that much more enjoyable to me. Thank you for your contribution to my day.

Jul. 08 2013 01:03 PM
Stephanie Rogers from Houston

Thanks alot for ruining my day with Topsy story. Did you have to ask the details of something so heartbreaking and graphic? Geez!

Jul. 08 2013 12:57 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Why was an elephant going to be "executed" in the 1st place?

Jul. 08 2013 12:51 PM

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